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Planning for Sea-Level Rise II

January 10th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.

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This is the second of a series of posts that will examine strategies being used in states throughout the country to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. The objective of the series is to present practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities might use to help respond to the growing threat presented by our subsiding and eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and mounting flood risks.

This article considers four methods to redirect development out of areas at risk that involve compensating property owners. The first two tools involve private transactions to finance the acquisitions, while the second two depend upon public funding. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Sea-Level Rise I

January 10th, 2017 by New Jersey Future staff

This series of articles was written by New Jersey Future intern Connor Montferrat.


For the past four years, New Jersey Future has assisted several coastal communities with recovery and resiliency planning following Hurricane Sandy. This work is difficult in large part because communities, even with support and coaching, are not yet prepared to address coastal (including riverine) vulnerability. We’ve yet to come to grips with the fact that eroding coastlines, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and growing flood risks associated with sea-level rise in many cases render rebuilding in place unsafe and untenable in the long term.

Eventually, when nuisance flooding begins to occur more regularly and willingness to accommodate this inundation is exhausted, reshaping development patterns to shift growth away from high-risk areas will become necessary. The questions are: How can municipalities in New Jersey best prepare for such changes; and when and where should they occur? Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Al Koeppe

December 6th, 2016 by New Jersey Future staff

All of us in the New Jersey Future community are saddened by the passing of our friend and advocate Al Koeppe.

“New Jersey had no greater champion for its cities than Al,” said New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach. “Whether in the private sector at Bell Atlantic and PSE&G or in public service as chairman of the Economic Development Authority and as founder and later leader of the Newark Alliance, he was a voice of insight and integrity, ever the facilitator of wise investments and collaborative action. The many institutions he served are the richer for his tenure with them.” Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Future Hosts National Gathering

November 16th, 2016 by Peter Kasabach

gmla1Representatives from more than a dozen state and regional smart growth organizations from around the country gathered in Newark, N.J., for their annual meeting, which was hosted by New Jersey Future. Their group, known as Smart Growth America’s State and Regional Caucus (formerly the Growth Management Leadership Alliance), is a peer-to-peer network of organizations focused on community problem-solving through the lens of land use. New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach and Greenbelt Alliance Executive Director Jeremy Madsen co-chair the caucus and also serve on the board of Smart Growth America. Read the rest of this entry »

Art in the Capital City

November 14th, 2016 by Peter Kasabach

On Saturday, Nov. 12, New Jersey Future’s West Lafayette Street office was transformed into a pop-up gallery for Art All Day Trenton.  Visitors to the capital city toured dozens of artist studio spaces and other temporary art galleries throughout the city.  There were trolley tours and a guided bike tour of sites. At the New Jersey Future office, five artists from the Creative Collective exhibited their paintings and sculptures, and visitors were able to learn more about the work of New Jersey Future.  Art All Day is organized by Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual art center. Artworks also organizes Art All Night, a must-attend event in mid-June that attracts more than 25,000 people to Trenton. New Jersey Future is proud to be able to use its new downtown home to support the arts and Trenton’s growth and redevelopment.

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New Reports Assess State’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise

November 8th, 2016 by David Kutner


Photos from a 2013 king tide, from Manasquan, N.J., Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (Click for larger image)

Last month, the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance at Rutgers University announced the release of two significant reports about the state’s vulnerability in the face of projected sea-level rise:

These reports identify and evaluate the most current science on sea level rise projections and changing coastal storms, consider the implications for the practices and policies of local and regional stakeholders, and provide practical ways stakeholders can incorporate science into risk-based decision processes. Read the rest of this entry »

Population Trends at the Jersey Shore, Part 2: The Sandy Effect

November 1st, 2016 by Tim Evans

Sandy aerial view slideshowFour years ago Hurricane Sandy devastated our region, raising new questions about the vulnerability of our coastal communities and what the future might hold for businesses and residents at the Shore. In this second of two articles, New Jersey Future intern Sarah Koenig looks at population and housing trends since October of 2012, using the 2012 and 2014 (the most recent available) versions of the American Community Survey to approximate the post-Sandy period. (Part 1 of the findings addressed longer-term trends revealed in the data that pre-date Sandy.)

As described in Part 1, we defined “the Shore” as the set of all municipalities that fall wholly or partially within the jurisdiction of the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) and then further assigned each of these municipalities to one of three locational groups, based on which body of water it primarily borders: 1) Atlantic oceanfront; 2) bays and other coastal areas; and 3) non-coastal but tidal riverine areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Documentary Featuring Sea Bright, New Jersey Future Is Ocean Film Festival Finalist

October 20th, 2016 by David Kutner

bad-tidingsBarrier island communities, particularly vulnerable to the risk of flood inundation, are on the front line of impact along the New Jersey coast as sea levels rise, storms become more intense and storm surges like Sandy occur more often. Read the rest of this entry »

Population Trends at the Jersey Shore, Part 1: Long-Term

October 17th, 2016 by Tim Evans

Prompted by an article in June about how the Jersey Shore was losing population (specifically, losing year-round residents), New Jersey Future intern Sarah Koenig spent some time delving into the Census Bureau’s municipal population, housing, and income numbers, to see if the data could yield some insight into what might be the driving forces behind the population loss.


Area under CAFRA jurisdiction is outlined in red. Click on image for larger version.

The findings reported here focus on the period beginning in 2000, since that is when the declines in year-round population began and also when the other changes in the data began appearing. Part 2 of the findings, to be released in two weeks, will concentrate specifically on the post-Hurricane Sandy period from 2012 to 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Recovery Fund Shares Post-Sandy Resiliency Lessons With Chinese Delegation

October 12th, 2016 by New Jersey Future staff

This article originally appeared on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation blog, and is cross-posted here with permission.


Members of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Emergency Management Office met Sept. 29 with representatives from the New Jersey Recovery Fund at the offices of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

A delegation of Chinese officials made a stop in Morristown recently to learn how New Jersey’s philanthropic sector helped strengthen communities for the long term following Hurricane Sandy.

The visit on Sept. 29 was part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Emergency Management Office’s 21-day trip to Washington, D.C., and New York to hear innovative approaches to disaster response. The trip included meetings with officials from FEMA, the Government Accountability Office, the New York City mayor’s office and the New York Fire Department.

At the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s office, the 20-member delegation heard from representatives from the New Jersey Recovery Fund, a joint effort among local and national foundations, corporations, and individuals that united after Sandy. Immediately after the storm slammed into New Jersey’s coast, the New Jersey Community Foundation established the fund and partnered with Dodge to raise more than $7 million, which was quickly awarded to 25 recovery projects led by partners spanning environmental, media, education, arts, housing, and planning organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

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